Category: Hard Drives

5 Ways Extend the Life of Your Hard Drive

The hard drive is one of the most critical assets of your laptop. And why not? It contains all of your essential data and files. However, most of us live in fear of what to do in case our hard drive fails. To stop living in this fear, you can extend the life of your hard drive. However, another option is to use Hitachi hard disk data recovery to recover all your data. Let’s have a look at the methods to extend the life of the hard drive. 5 Ways Extend the Life of Your Hard Drive Here are...

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How to Fix a Faulty Seagate, WD or any other External Hard Drive on Mac?

External Hard drives are used to save, back up or transfer many important files because they have large capacity and stable performance. However, external hard drives can inevitably stop working in a sudden. Some common symptoms of a failing external hard drive on Mac: The hard drive does not show up on Mac, especially not in the Finder or in the Disk Utility. Files are missing or changing sizes.The hard drive keeps connecting and disconnecting from the computer.The error message “The disk you inserted was not readable by this computer” pops up when the hard drive is attached.The hard...

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iStorage Datashur Pro2 Review – 128GB FIPS 140-2 Level 3 hardware-encrypted USB drive Score 85%

iStorage Datashur Pro2 Review – 128GB FIPS 140-2 Level 3 hardware-encrypted USB drive

I was previously impressed with the iStorage diskashur 2 secure portable 2.5” drive. If you need an affordable solution to secure your data, it is one of the best options on the market in my opinion. The previous drive was useful for storing large amounts of data as possible, but was perhaps not very pocket-friendly, nor did it achieve the highest security rating. If you want maximum security and something more portable then the datAshur Pro2 flash drive will be a more suitable option. These drives are sized from 4G through to 512GB with prices starting at £58.80 going...

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Toshiba Canvio Premium 4TB Review – Portable 2.5-inch hard drive Score 75%

Toshiba Canvio Premium 4TB Review – Portable 2.5-inch hard drive

Toshiba has a variety of Canvio portable hard drives, I reviewed the Canvio Basics 2TB back in 2018 and the Canvio Advance earlier this year. Specification The Canvia Premium sits at the top of the pack and includes a premium aluminium case which does look sleek and smart. As with the other models, this still uses a mechanical drive, so even though it has USB 3.0 the limiting performance factor will be the drive itself. 2.5″ external hard driveAluminium finishSuperSpeed USB 3.0USB-poweredAuto-backup softwarePassword protection softwareType-C adapter (Type-A to -C)Soft pouch included Pricing UK availability is not the best, on...

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iStorage diskashur 2 Review – 2TB secure portable storage Score 85%

iStorage diskashur 2 Review – 2TB secure portable storage

Most people remain blissfully ignorant about their data security, until something bad happens and you are a victim to some form of data loss, identity theft or ransomware. We are in an era of cybercrime, I am not sure a day goes by without a news announcement about a data breach, software vulnerability or ransomware. So the requirement for secure storage of data has grown exponentially. There are a lot of free ways to secure your data using encryption software that can encrypt full drives or create encrypted mount points on hard drives. Windows even has BitLocker software built-in....

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Toshiba N300 3.5-inch NAS hard drive review Score 93%

Toshiba N300 3.5-inch NAS hard drive review

If you are a data hoarder and ever frequently subreddits such as /r/datahoarder or /r/homelab it seems like the only two drive brands people buy are Western Digital for the reliability, or Seagate because they are cheap. However, there is a third option worth going for, and that is Toshiba. They do the usual drive options including the desktop focussed X300, enterprise drives, and the NAS orientated N300 which I am reviewing today. The N300 is well worth your consideration, as it is both the cheapest per TB and has positive results from Backblaze.  Backblaze are cloud storage provides...

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SSD prices to decrease by 10% in Q1 2019

Things are starting to look more positive for PC gamers as we enter 2019. Throughout the year we have seen a drop in DDR4 prices, with it almost becoming affordable during the Black Friday period. Similarly, GPU prices have dropped following the cryptocurrency crash, though Nvidia RTX is still obscenely priced. Another trend during Black Friday was affordable SSDs and NVMes. I managed to snag the Samsung 970 EVO 500GB for just £89.00. It looks like prices will continue to lower throughout 2019 even though the adoption rate has gone up. While SSD adoption is growing, supply is quickly...

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Toshiba TransMemory U365 128GB Review Score 85%

Toshiba TransMemory U365 128GB Review

The Toshiba TransMemory U365 is the latest high capacity USB drive from Toshiba with capacities ranging from 32GB up to 256GB that uses USB 3.0 with a claimed max speed read of 150MB/s The drive uses 3D Flash memory BiCS FLASH which allows them to achieve larger storage capacities. It comes in a plastic housing which feels a little on the cheap side, but the USB section slides back into the shell to provide some protection when transporting it. You get a healthy 5-year warranty in the event the drive fails for whatever reason. There is no built-in loop...

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Apricorn Aegis Padlock 3.0 (500GB) Review Score 81%

Apricorn Aegis Padlock 3.0 (500GB) Review

Having previously reviewed the Aegis Secure Key 3Z I have been sent the Apricorn Aegis Padlock to try out. This is a hard drive version, and the model I have been sent is 500GB which retails for £180 in the UK. Unlike other external drives, this drive has full hardware encryption built into it using 256-bit AES-XTS Military-grade PUB 197 Validated Encryption. Once set up, you lock and unlock the device using the keypad on the front of the drive. This makes it one of the most secure drives on the market and will be extremely useful for all...

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Toshiba Canvio Basics 2TB (2018) Review: HDTC920EK3AA Score 85%

Toshiba Canvio Basics 2TB (2018) Review: HDTC920EK3AA

I have previously reviewed the excellent Toshiba Canvio Connect II which is available on Amazon for £71.60 for 2TB or £91.82 for 3TB. This time around I have been checking out the more affordable Toshiba Canvio Basics which comes in at just £59.98 for the 2TB version, or £84.95 for the 3TB version. The full specification from the Toshiba website states: Interface : USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible) transfer rate : ~ 5.0 Gbit/s File system: NTFS (MS Windows) *The drive can be re-formatted to HFS+ file system for full Mac compatibility. Power: USB bus power (max. 900mA) Enclosure:...

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Samsung Launch 860 PRO SSD from £126.49 and 860 EVO Solid State Drive from £90.49

Samsung has developed the best SSDs for years now, this includes both SATA based drives and the new NVMe based drive. They have now announced the successor to the legendary 850 series, the 860 PRO and 860 EVO. As we are already pushing the limits of SATA there are not massive improvements here, but an improvement nonetheless. The new 860 PRO and 860 EVO SSDs combine the latest 512Gb and 256Gb 64-layer V-NAND, up to 4GB LPDDR4 mobile DRAM and a new MJX controller to elevate the user experience for both consumers and businesses,” said Un-Soo Kim, senior vice president of Brand...

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Western Digital says we will have 40TB MAMR drives by 2025

SSDs maybe all the rage nowadays, but you can't beat the storage capacity of a good old mechanical hard drive. Thanks to helium filled drives we are now seeing 12TB drives hit the market, and now Western Digital say that 40TB+ drives can be created using a new technology called Microwave-Assisted Magnetic Recording (MAMR). Microwave-Assisted Magnetic Recording (MAMR) is one of two energy-assisted technologies that Western Digital has been developing for years. The company recently innovated a breakthrough in material and process that provides the required reliable and predictable performance, as well as the manufacturability to accelerate areal density...

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